June 2020“June is bustin’ out all over”, is a song from the musical, “Carousel”. Yes, but is it really bustin’ out this year? There are a myriad of things that occur. For me, the month of June itself is bittersweet where both good and bad happened. Now, I am not talking about any candy. Maybe later, read on.

Whether it be longer days it longer days and shorter nights, warmer temperatures or just an abundance of sunshine, summer will begin one day this month. Also, one can plant in the garden and watch everything grow without worrying about frost or snow.  Time to bring the vegetables inside and eat. Mmm good. Like from the end of the song, “Memory”, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “It is so easy to leave me, all alone with memory of my days in the sun …You’ll understand what happiness is”. Yes indeed, there are happy memories for all.

On a personal note,  June 5, 2003, my significant other,  Maureen, walked into my life. Here is what began some of the most wonderful “Days of Our Lives”. Of course, not the soap opera. This is fact, not fiction.  Going to a park or beach, traveling or just being together, we tried to make the best of our situations.  Bittersweet it was, as this did not last.  June 12, 2015, Maureen died, which became one of the worst times of my life. Added to this, my mom died last June 19. As Charles Dickens wrote in ,”Tale of Two Cities”, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”.

OKAY, time to try to turn my negative into positive. Difficult yes, but it is what is needed. So, now I focus on the sun beaming outside and the birds singing their songs and the smell of fresh air.  Unfortunately, I know the drill, so please do not tell me. Spending time outdoors, helps me stay calm. Maybe, just maybe, we can do our part. Remember to be safe, wear our masks, stay six feet apart from each other and do not congregate.  Safety first always.

As am I writing this article,  there is civil unrest everywhere. Yes,  it is our first amendment right to freedom of speech and freedom to assemble, but how we are obtaining our objectives needs to be peaceful and lawful. Riots and looting are not the answers.  Included in the constitution it states, “the right of the people PEACEFULLY to assemble”. Furthermore,  it is written in the Ten Commandments, “Thou Shall Not Kill “.  I think the police are using excessive force and it has gone on way too long. ERIC GARNER and in the past, RODNEY KING to name two. Today, of course it is GEORGE FLOYD. THIS MUST STOP HERE AND NOW, PEACEFULLY!

We must all try to get along. Together and individually we will get through our dilemmas and our problems. We can, we definitely can! I want to believe in the good in ALL people not just some. ALL PEOPLE. June is bustin’ out. Let’s stand together for change.

Alright, now it is time to give out some sweet, not bittersweet candies.  Finally, I put my attentions on thinking of my good times with Maureen. Wow, it is hard to believe it is now five years later,  “Sweetie”, I love you, I miss you and I  still wish you were here. See you in the Newsletter.

Howard Diamond,  A Certified Peer Specialist from Long Island

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